Monthly Archives: August 2009

Word for the Day - iPod app

The Greek language of the New Testament is rich in detail, expressive and full of meaning, and, in A Word for the Day: Key Words from the New Testament, J.D. Watson brings New Testament Greek to life. Each devotion in this resource briefly presents a Greek Word (along with its Strong's number and transliteration) and offers a practical application for that particular word...

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Honey House Naturals - I tried this on vacation and it was great.  I got the lip balm but passed on the bar...I wish now that I hadn't because it would be perfect to keep in my backpack because it can't spill.


And...a recipe for grain-free almond crackers.


Work starts Thursday...and I'm thinking of my co-workers, not the students.

  • "Got a full 6 pack, but lacks the plastic thing to hold it all together."
  • "He doesn't have ulcers, but he's a carrier."
  • "He would argue with a signpost." (OK, this one's a student)
  • "A photographic memory but with the lens cover glued on." (OK, this one's sounds like one I may have to use)
  • "If you see two people talking and one looks bored, he's the other one." (and I'm thinking of one person in particular)

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(HT:  blog post from the Reformation21 blog and the upcoming start of the school year that makes it desirable for me to have a schedule and structure...Sunday is "Reformed Theology Day"...although looking at the "what I believe" page, there are some aspects that I haven't posted on...)

There are a lot of terms that I'm not sure are being used correctly - I'm not sure if I'm using them correctly.  But the way they're used does make a difference in how you see things.

(all definitions are from Wiki)

Determinism is the view that every event, including human cognition, behavior, decision, and action, is causally determined by an unbroken chain of prior occurrences.

Indeterminism is a philosophical position that maintains that some form of determinism is incorrect: that there are events which do not correspond with determinism (and therefore are either uncaused, or caused in a manner that the corresponding form of determinism does not allow).

so...if you believe in determinism, as strictly defined, given any circumstances, you cannot NOT make the decision that you must make, given all the factors that led up to that circumstance.

If you believe in indeterminism, it's all up for grabs.  You might make that decision or you might not.  You are a product of your past, but you are not bound by it.

Will - simply the ability to make a choice.

Free will - the ability to make a choice without force

Libertarian free will - the ability to make a choice with no outside constraints whatsoever.

These are varying degrees, but the differences are important.  Whether or not you "must" make a particular choice (based on determinism), it is still you making the choice.  Free will is further down the road, there may be history or constraints that you may or may not even recognize, but you are still not "forced" to make a particular choice.  With libertarian free will, there is no outside influence that would constrain any choice you might make.  Influence, yes...constrain, no.

Compatibilism (...) holds that the sovereignty of God and the free will of man are both biblical concepts and, rightly understood, are not mutually exclusive. The all-knowing God (who sees past, present, and future simultaneously from the perspective of eternity) created human beings (who have the subjective reality of making choices in the present that have consequences for themselves and others in the future) in such a way that both are true: God is ultimately sovereign and therefore must have at least permitted any choice that a human could make, but at the same time God is right to hold humans accountable because from their perspective within the confines of serial time, humans make moral choices between good and evil. (from Theopedia, through Wiki)

Incompatibilism takes two different either end of the compatibilist spectrum.

compatibilism must be false because both the sovereignty of God AND the free agency of man cannot be true.

thus (choice 1) in order for man to have libertarian free will, God must choose to not take control over man's choices...


(choice 2), God is sovereign over all, thus man must not have the ability to make choices of the will.

This is an important question of theology for one who studies Reformed theology.  Where on the spectrum do I fall?

My belief is:  since Scripture teaches that God IS sovereign over all AND man makes choices, both good and evil, then some sort of compatibilism must be true.

Between people who do bad things...and people who are just plain bad.

Okay...two people broke into a house and stole a laptop computer...

on the computer they discovered movies, stills and IM's involving

they turned it over the police.

These two people were doing a bad thing...and discovered a worse they did the right thing.

Tom is settling in well...but he's going to run out of cafeteria money before the end of the semester (when they moved him to the upper classmen dorm they took him off the unlimited eating plan, and gave him a card with $700 on it and a kitchen).  He's eating fruit and milk for breakfast (pretty healthy) and he says that the on-campus sushi place isn't half bad.

Amanda is half moved, half not.  She has a cough and wants to go to the doctor, so I reminded her that this is the last month she's going to have insurance.

I've crafted out and need to get back into the swing of taking a little while every day to knit or cross stitch while I listed to podcasts.  I feel better mentally when I have that time to spend doing just that with no other distractions.

A close friend of mine lost two friends and will be attending two funerals today, back to back.  I'll have dinner with her afterward (we go to a steak house that's low-carb friendly except for the wonderful rolls with I'll save all my carbs for the end of the day)

Henry is staying with me.  I want another heartbeat in the house and a listening hear.  He doesn't talk back much and I have to feed him twice a day...but Amanda can't afford the food and insulin - and the place she's staying already has two cats and I'm not feeding them Iams.

EDIT:  this is my weight loss graph from 6/5/09 - 8/28/09 (yes, the numbers are removed)

I've been exercising and I've had really good low-carb/low glycemic days.

My weight it stuck. I do tend to have plateaus about every 15-20 pounds so I'm 5 pounds overdue.  I'm maintaining so that's good.

Okay...I pre-posted a couple of days ago so the recipe would be up...and my got knocked off the plateau.

My weight this morning was 6.2 pounds less than the Friday before we left on vacation (2 weeks ago) and 5.4 pounds less than the day we left.


Here's a morning smoothie I've been making

(yes...I blend the watermelon rind in with the smoothie...there are a lot of vitamins and fiber in that rind.  I threw in a little hidden veggie and it doesn't effect the taste at all.  I don't add sweetener because that's in the fiber drink powder.
Watermelon breakfast smoothie.

Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
1                cup  almond milk, Almond Breeze, original flavor, unsweetened
1              scoop  egg protein (harvest health)
1                cup  watermelon -- wedges, with the rind
1              stalk  celery
1            package  Kellogg's all-bran fiber drink mix -- raspberry flavored
1/2    tablespoon  konsyl psyllium fiber
2          teaspoons  flaxseed Oil
1                cup  ice cube

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 313 Calories; 13g Fat (31.8% calories from fat); 25g Protein; 36g Carbohydrate; 20g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 582mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 0 Vegetable; 1 Fruit; 1/2 Non-Fat Milk.